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Australian open round up

The first Grand Slam of the season is rapidly approaching its conclusion with plenty of drama along the way. Firstly there was the shock, or lack of it now maybe, of Nadal losing so early on. Then there was the sad news that Nigel Sears, Andy Murray’s father in law, had collapsed at court side whilst watching Ana Ivanovic compete, a player he coaches. Thankfully he has since been given the all clear.

Serena Williams defeated Maria Sharapova for the 18th consecutive time to reach the semi-final. The American powerhouse is closing in on her 22nd Grand Slam title. At this stage it looks difficult to bet against her reaching this astonishing milestone.

The other semi final will be contested between seventh seed Angelique Kerber and British sensation Johanna Konta. A player who lost in the first round of qualifying at last years Australian open has been a revelation this year, storming her way through the competition.

Konta who defeated China’s Zhang Shuai in straight sets 6-4, 6-1 to reach this point means that Britain has two Grand Slam singles semi finalists for the first time since 1977. This incredible run ensures an improvement in her world ranking into the top 30.

Meanwhile Roger Federer and Novak Djokavic will clash in a mouth watering semi final. A match up in danger of over-shadowing the final will see the Swiss 4 time winner, whose body refuses to give in, lock horns with the Serb hard court master who has acquired 5 titles.

Djokovic will surely be the favourite but he will know better than most than to write off Federer, with all that he has achieved in the game and the attributes he brings to the court. The Serb appears to have the edge in endurance and determination but the easy going Federer possesses skill and grace in abundance.

Andy Murray’s impressive form from the end of 2015 continues as he marched past Spain’s David Ferrer into the semi final 6-3, 6-7 (5-7), 6-2, 6-3. After finishing runner up four times and this his sixth Melbourne semi final the big hitting Scotsman must fancy his chances.

A Murray Djokovic Final is looking likely and with the form both men are currently in, it will be difficult to pick a winner.

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